Atlantis Dog-Throat-Slitter Shows Up to Court, Gets Shipped Off to Prison

Kenneth Hall -- the Atlantis man who slit his dog's throat and skipped out on his court date yesterday -- showed up to the courtroom this morning to enter a plea agreement and be hauled off to prison.

Last year, one of Hall's friends told the cops he watched him cut the throat of his 8-year-old dog, Fancy, a pit bull/Labrador mix.

Hall pleaded guilty to felony animal abuse this morning and will serve one year in prison as part of the plea agreement.

The cops say that last May, Fancy was playing around with one of his friend's dogs when Hall told his friend he was going to "put Fancy out of her misery."

The friend told police he saw Hall grab a pocket knife and cut the dog's throat, then stab it again for good measure.

Hall later told the cops the second stabbing was "to speed up the process."

According to police, there was no evidence the dog was injured before Hall killed the dog, but it was a little more clear to investigators after they interviewed Hall's girlfriend.

She told the cops that she and Hall had a fight the night before in which she called Atlantis police to their place.

The woman told police that Hall called her after he allegedly killed Fancy and said, "I told you if you call the cops, I was going to kill her."

According to the Palm Beach County Jail, that was Hall's ninth arrest, including a conviction for DUI with serious injury in 2004.

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Matthew Hendley
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